Excel now dominates the spreadsheet world, but once upon a time there was actual competition among spreadsheet products. This program looks at Quattro 1.0, Allways 1.0, Lotus 1-2-3 3.0, Ashton-Tate's Full Impact, and Excel 2.1. Guests include Gary Kildall, Jan Lewis, and Jared Taylor of PC Magazine. Originally broadcast in 1988.
Copyright 1988 Stewart Cheifet Productions
July 11, 2018 Subject:
Gary lookin' slick.
I'm here to rate Gary Kildall's phenomenal hairdo in this episode. Also spreadsheets are spreadneat, 10 stars.
April 28, 2006 Subject:
Why Microsoft Dominates the PC Industry
I think this episode is a great example of why Microsoft came to dominate the PC software industry. Their demonstration of Excel, with its pixel graphics, mouse support and windowing capabilities completely blows away the ugly white on blue character-based Lotus 1-2-3. Looking back now, its easy to see why people were so quick to flock to MS products, as they were clearly a generation ahead.